Astellia Online is launching into its first headstart tonight – are you playing?

    
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If you picked up the Legendary Pack for Astellia Online, then launch day is tonight for you, as the headstart begins at 8 p.m. EDT. Owners of other packs will be trickling in over the course of the week, with Platinum packs on the 23rd, Gold packs on the 26th, and everyone else on the 27th. As we’ve noted, the game is buy-to-play, though lookie-loos may want to try the the optional $10 subscription for a month starting next week instead. Barunson’s posted the official schedule, along with the pre-order claim instructions, on the official site to keep everyone in the loop.

Astellia is a Korean import that’s received large updates to accommodate the western market, including the un-gender-locking of its characters and a de-pay-to-win process in the cash shop. MOP’s Eliot penned impressions during the closed beta, finding it decent enough for folks who are into Korean MMOs. “It sure as heck isn’t the sort of legendary disaster common to recent releases, and it arguably reaches the point of being outright fun,” he wrote. “But for a new MMO you could do a lot worse, and I had fun playing it. I expect to have more fun when it launches. It has issues, but it seems to have an eye toward fixing those issues with an understanding of why they’re issues.”

You can get caught up on all our coverage of Astellia since its time as Nexon’s Korea-only darling right here – in addition to our impressions of the beta, we conducted several interviews and checked out the game’s music.

Massively OP’s MJ will be courageously attempting to stream the headstart tonight at 8 p.m. on OPTV; if all goes well with the launch, you can watch along!

Source: Twitter

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iicycube

The way they implement the payments for installment method which they already knew the outcome that the founder packs milking is not that enough.

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Diego Lindenmeyer

a bless online type game with a subscription … i smell trap :x

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Drago

At £100 I don’t think so. ALL the packs are over priced for what this game is.

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IronSalamander8 .

Nope. It doesn’t look awful, but not really interested unless I hear some strong reviews.

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Utakata

Although, that doesn’t seem to be all too promising from the anecdotes below. :(

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Kero Kero

Pass. Played the betas. The combat is linear and stale. Its a very visually polished game but the gameplay content is much more like early 2000s games. Like a loli-skinned WoW. It just isn’t fun.

It might still be a hard sell to get me to play it again even if it wasn’t b2p/p2p

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Zulika Mi-Nam

I made it almost 2 hours in and that was enough. Not for me regardless of the business model.

But everyone has diff tastes and if it fills a void for someone then I hope it lasts.

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Nordavind

The astethics does not resonate with me. Also, too much hot bars.

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Ashfyn Ninegold

I played a bit of the open beta. I’ll probably play this when it’s available without the pre-order price tag. Paying a premium for early access really isn’t worth it any more.

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Sasha Alex

It will also be buy to play at release.

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Ashfyn Ninegold

Which, if I’ve seen it correctly, is $9.99. Not the $30 the pre-order went for (or 60 or 100, take your pick). That’s an okay price if I’m just going to satisfy my curiosity.

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Sasha Alex

That’s the price for a monthly subscription. If that expires you’re locked out. Unless you pay 30$ to buy the game.

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Witches

Not really, i’m watching other people playing it, while i grind an Event in Champions Online.

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camren_rooke

Nope.

City of Heroes AND as I just finished Legend of Grimrock last night so I have picked back up Enderal.

BRING ME A NICE CRISP PIECE OF MEAT!BRING ME A NICE CRISP PIECE OF MEAT!BRING ME A NICE CRISP PIECE OF MEAT!BRING ME A NICE CRISP PIECE OF MEAT!

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Lejon

is anyone even gonna play this?

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Jeremy Barnes

Sure for like 2 days then…it’s just a countdown to shutdown